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TC3 Foundation Defaulted On Dormitory Bonds

“The Sonata” by Brian Keeler (Special section cover photo: Josh Baldo)

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he Tompkins Cortland Community College Foundation has been in default on over $30 million worth of bonds since 2019. The bonds were issued in 2013 to build seven new dormitories at the Dryden campus of Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). There was approximately a million dollars of bonds due July 1 of each year beginning in 2017, ratcheting up to larger amounts due in 2027. The Ithaca Times reached out to the TC3 President’s Office as well as to other representatives of the college but as of the time this issue went to press we have received no comment. Michael Lachman recently told The Ithaca Times that the $200,000 worth of bonds he holds were due on July 1 of this year, but that “…they were in default, [TC3] did not repay the principal. In addition to that, they've been in default for the last three years.” These bonds have an interest rate of 5%, so the Foundation is currently in default on roughly $30,000 worth of interest. Lachman told the Times that as a result of the default on these bonds he has personally lost $230,000. “I guess what's frustrating to me is that there seems to be no visibility. I've been monitoring the semi-annual reports from the Community College and if you go online you can look into financial statements, and they make

PERSONAL HEALTH ..................10 FALL ARTS PREVIEW ................11 ART ..............................................17 DINING .......................................18 FILM ............................................19 TIMES TABLE .............................20 CLASSIFIEDS ..............................22 TC3 has expanded and renovated its residence halls as part of an effort to transform from a commuter college to a 24/7 campus. (Photo: Holt Architects)

no reference to the fact that these bonds are in default,” said Lachman. He continued saying, “The only thing they reference is that they've failed to meet their debt ratio requirements. I just want to make the community aware of this situation to try to bring some visibility and transparency to what's going on there.” Lachman said that he has held these bonds for quite some time and that the Foundation was making their interest payments but beginning two years ago they put a stop on them. “I was told it was somehow related to COVID,” he said. However, if payments stopped in 2019, that would be before the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States, which was in 2020. The intent of the bond issue was to raise funds to build the new dormitories. TC3 is part of the State University of New York

T A K E  Rotary Funds Ugandan Project — A grant from the Ithaca Rotary Club has funded a project in Uganda to produce reusable feminine hygiene kits, allowing dozens of girls to attend school during their menstrual periods. The first set of kits created by a cohort of girls in Gulu, Uganda, was delivered to local schools this summer. The girls began six months of training as seamstresses in May at a women’s cooperative in Gulu. The project was funded by the Ithaca Rotary Club’s Dozen Dinner Draw raffle, which this year raised $15,000 for two nonprofits that support the menstrual hygiene of girls in Uganda, South Sudan, and Guatemala. An

system and has been trying to expand over the past few years in an attempt to better compete for students with other two-year SUNY schools. Reportedly, the Community College hasn’t generated sufficient enrollment to make the investment on building the dormitories profitable. According to Lachman, “the revenue stream which is designated to repay these bonds and pay the interest is supposedly generated by the dormitory occupancy levels.” According to Lachman, “if you look at TC3’s balance sheet they have a bond fund reserve of about $1.5 million dollars that is supposed to be used to make principal and interest payments in the event of a default and they haven't made any payments from their reserve fund.” Contin u ed on Page 16

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additional $10,000 challenge grant, offered by Backyard Brands, Inc., was provided to the project in Uganda. The project in Uganda has been championed by Rotarian Gertrude Noden, an Ithaca education consultant who founded Words into Deeds, a nonprofit that promotes youth awareness and engagement in local and global human rights issues.  Student-Built Cars On Display At The Glen — Winners Circle Project in coordination with their partnering schools is holding its second annual Mamba Championship at Watkins Glen International on September 9. This day-long event will begin with one of the student-built cars

being driven by two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, Al Unser, Jr. in the Bugatti Parade that leaves Watkins Glen International at 9:05 a.m. and arrives at Smalley’s Garage on Franklin Street. Between 12:50 and 12:55 p.m., the three student-built cars will participate in an exhibition drive around the track by two-time defending TransAm champion, Chris Dyson, Former Trans Am champion, Tomy Drissi, and Unser. The awarding of the 2nd Annual Mamba Championship Trophy will take place afterward in the Victory Circle. The studentbuilt cars will be on display through Monday, September 12, in the Trans Am paddock area of the racetrack.

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INQUIRING Home Dairy Building Recommended PHOTOGRAPHER

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By Josh Bal d o

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE MOTTO?

For Local Landmark Status

Proposal Centered On It Being Home Of Firebrand Books By M a r k L ev i n e

T “Live each day as if it’s your last.” – Shawna K.

“Go with it.” – James N.

“Enjoy the life and be positive.” – Liv P.

he Home Dairy Building, as it has been known to generations of Ithacans, could potentially become the City’s next locally designated landmark building, based on the public and official support the idea received at a mid-August meeting of the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission. The driving motivation behind the effort, led by Jeffry Iovannone, a historian pursuing an advanced degree at Cornell, is that the second floor of the building served as the home of Firebrand Books, a nationally-recognized lesbian and feminist press from 1984 to 2000. The Italianate-influenced brick building was built in 1872 for the bookseller and printer Andrus & Church, who did much of the early printing work for Cornell. From 1929 to 2002 it housed the Home Dairy Cafeteria, which served a central role in the downtown business district throughout the city’s development up to and after the creation of The Commons. In 2003 it was sold to the religious community The Twelve Tribes, which opened a café called the Maté Factor in the retail space. The Maté Factor closed in 2019 and The Twelve Tribes are currently renovating the space in anticipation of

“Explore.” – Jack D.

Alison Bechdel’s “Dykes to Watch Out For” comic strips were first publishing in book form by Firebrand Books in 1986. (Photo: Chase Elliott Clark, https:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

“Find happiness.” – Nick D.

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their opening a new business called The Yellow Deli. Firebrand Books, founded in 1984 by Nancy Bereano, a local editor and activist, is seen as the embodiment of the transition from a male-dominated publishing industry to one in which women entered into print and publishing as part of the Second Wave Feminist, Gay Liberation, and Women In Print movements of the 1970s and 1980s. 141-143 E State would get the designation Andrus Printing / Home Dairy / Firebrand Books Building if it receives local landmark status. (Photo: Jeffry Iovannone) Firebrand Books is seen as being unique from other earlier women’s presses in that tion and suggest the structure be named the “Andrus Printing / Home Dairy / it was founded with an anti-racist sensiFirebrand Books Building.” bility. In addition, Bereano’s catalog inMarcel Campbell of The Twelve Tribes cluded a wide variety of genres, including noted that the building is already listed in cartoons, science fiction, mysteries, and the National Register of Historic Places as supernatural fiction alongside literary ficpart of the Ithaca Downtion and poetry. Firebrand town Historic District, is credited with helping and while supportive of launch the careers of wellefforts to acknowledge known authors including the building’s historic sigDorothy Allison, Alison nificance, the owners are Bechdel, Leslie Feinberg, concerned about potenand Minnie Bruce Pratt. tial obstacles they might A number of residents face in maintaining and spoke in favor of the proimproving the building posal and had statements moving forward due to of support read into the readditional designations. cord of the meeting. BereCommission members ano was present via Zoom went out of their way and deflected the credit for to recognize that The the press’s significance onto Twelve Tribes have been its writers. “excellent stewards” While the initial Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues, considered a cult classic of the building. Bryan proposal suggested giving in LGBT communities, was McCracken, the City of the building landmark published by Firebrand Books Ithaca’s Historic Preserdesignation under the in 1993 (Photo: Provided) vation Planner, offered name the Firebrand Books to meet privately with Building, members of the members of the Twelve Tribes to discuss commission and Iovannone agreed after some discussion that the best approach for any concerns they may have. a building with such a long, diverse history, was to take a chronological descripContin u ed on Page 16


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Merger Of Public And Mental Health Departments Back On Track

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The DA’s Office has announced that the Ithaca Kiwanis Club will present the next Frank Hammer Officer of the Month Award to Corrections Officer Graden Alpert from the Tompkins County Sheriff ’s Office.

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ow that Tompkins County is moving past COVID, it is finally ready to integrate its public health and mental health departments, as was proposed in a 2019 report. The Tompkins County Public Health Department and the Mental Health Department jointly released the report that identified areas where the two departments could be improved and outlined a plan to integrate both departments into one cohesive unit in order to streamline operations and make government more efficient. The county was originally given 18 months to complete the merger. So had everything gone to plan, the public and mental health departments would have completed their integration process by the middle of 2021. “But obviously COVID got in the way of that,” said Public Health Director at Tompkins County Health Department, Frank Kruppa. “We were set to launch in 2020,” Kruppa notes. “We actually had an all-staff meeting in December of 2019 that was our launching point for the merger process. And then, of course, in January 2020 COVID began and things got a little bit off track.” The plan to integrate the two departments into one unit is intended to improve the quality of care for patients who visit

The Mental Health Department has been able to move forward with its telemedicine efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: File)

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both departments and reduce bureaucratic redundancies and make it easier for the departments to share electronic health records. “Before we were using The proposed merger has been delayed because the Public Health Department has been focused on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: File) two smaller units that had the same strength will go to the legislature for their review of knowledge, skills, and abilities that this new larger unit has using the same number and approval in October. According to Kruppa, “our goal is that of people,” said Kruppa. “We've been able by January 1, 2023, we will have that new to strengthen our ability to support the department established in the charter, work of our professionals and the departthere will be updated bylaws for a Develment and do it with the same resources.” opment Services Board, and an advisor Even though the pandemic has delayed will be established as a formal position.” the integration process, it didn't stop Kruppa also said that the Tompkins everything. Kruppa said that “even though County Public Health and Mental Health the county had to prioritize dealing with Departments are already in the process of COVID, the Mental Health Department merging their administrative functions towas still able to convert to telemedicine because we felt it was important to get that gether. “Our back-office things like budget and state aid and contracts, and purchasplan in place.” The next step in the integration process ing are places where we saw that we could see some of the most immediate efficienis reforming the county charter. cies, because having smaller units in two The county charter establishes the departments limited the scope of what Public Health and Mental Health Departthey were able to do and certainly limited ments as two separate departments, and it our redundancies.” will need to be updated to create a single The Public Health and Mental Health department that performs the functions of Departments are also looking at how to the prior two. Tompkins County is in the build their programming so that they can review process of that right now and exhave the biggest impact with all of the serpects that the new draft charter language vices that they provide for each individual. Kruppa recently said, “that's our ultimate goal, and we're building towards making everyone aware of all of the services that our Department provides.” According to Kruppa, “When the County Administrator offered the report to the legislature, he was pretty clear that it wasn't to be looked at as a cost measure.” He continued saying, “For us, our goal was focused on our services, and we wanted to be able to provide the most comprehensive service.” Kruppa says that Tompkins County Health Department “hopes that anyone who seeks our services will not only get what they think they need, but if they discover that we have something else that might be beneficial to them, and that we will be able to quickly, efficiently, and Frank Kruppa says the goal is that by January 1, 2023, the newly merged department will be effectively get them connected to those established in the County charter. (Photo: File) additional services.”

To the Ithaca activists and advocates on both ends of the ideological spectrum who are using the troubles of real people to score political points. Despite our sophistication we’re still a small town. We should be better than that.

HEARD&SEEN Heard

People are asking who is going to be publicly promoting or opposing the City Manager proposal. It’s a huge issue for the City’s future and no one seems to be paying attention.

Seen

It’s troubling to see people “sleeping rough” and more and more people panhandling in Ithaca. Whether you use the term “unhoused” or “homeless” doesn’t matter to people in distress. This may be the defining Ithaca issue in the next few years.

IF YOU CARE TO RESPOND to something in this column, or suggest your own praise or blame, write news@ithacatimes. com, with a subject head “U&D.”

QUESTION OF THE WEEK How much more would you ride TCAT if it were free? 19.0%

A lot. It would become my #1 way to get around.

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Some. I might use it for more trips to places right by bus stops.

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Not much. I’d still use my car. It’s just more convenient.

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Supporting LGBTQ+ People This World Suicide Prevention Day

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t’s an apparently inevitable problem in commercial fishing that there is a portion of every catch that consists of marine animals (unwanted fish, but also marine mammals, sea turtles, and seabirds) that are caught unintentionally and ideally ought to be returned to their habitat. Similarly, no matter how narrow and carefully drafted a search warrant is, there are often items retrieved that don’t fall within the bounds of the search or are irrelevant to the law enforcement investigation. I’m kind of a court-document nerd, and I just love reading these things... UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA PALM BEACH DIVISION Case No. 22-CV-81294-Cornstarch PURSUANT TO THE FINDING OF SPECIAL MASTER F. JESSICA CORNSTARCH, the following items, removed from Plaintiff DONALD J. TRUMP’s residence at 1100 South Ocean Boulevard, Palm Beach, Florida under the authority of a search warrant executed by the Department of Justice on August 8, 2022, are hereby directed to be returned to the Plaintiff forthwith:

1. Letter-sized envelope with contents marked “Herschel Walker talking point flash cards” determined to be outside the scope of the subject search warrant. 2. Four cardboard boxes with contents labeled “D. Trump Personal Income Tax Returns 1988-2020” hereby adjudicated to not be germane to the Department of Justice investigation. 3. 18” x 30” portrait painting on felt material of Emmett Kelly, previously mis-identified as a portrait painting of Rudolph Giuliani, Esq. Plaintiff ’s contention that the item is covered by attorneyclient privilege is therefore deemed moot. 4. Typewritten manuscript (379 pages), “Living With Self-Loathing by Melania Trump” determined to be outside the scope of the subject search warrant. 5. Two cardboard boxes with contents pertaining to Plaintiff ’s fourth bankruptcy categorized as personal memorabilia and determined to be outside the scope of the subject search warrant. Contin u ed on Page 16

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hile 2.5% of the U.S. population reported having attempted suicide at least once in their life, that number rises to 17% for lesbian, gay and bisexual adults and 40% for their transgender peers. This disparity isn’t because a LGBTQ+ identity is in itself a mental illness, but because many LGBTQ+ people are told time and time again, through actions and words, that who we are is wrong, who and how we love is revolting, our bodies are unnatural, and our mere existence a threat. To combat this, I’ve listed five ways to support LGBTQ+ people in your life this World Suicide Prevention Day [Saturday, September 10].

1. Seek help. You deserve it.

A remarkable organization called The Trevor Project offers support for LGBTQ+ youth across the U.S. through chat, call, or text. The Trans Lifeline provides transgender peer support in Canada and the U.S. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline isn’t LGBTQ+ specific and is available to call or text at 988 in Spanish or English. Each of these are free, confidential and operated 24/7.

2. Vote.

When I talk to people who only passively follow LGBTQ+ politics, I’m often confronted by the misunderstanding that if we only wait long enough, we will eventually, gradually, inevitably reach “equality.” Many things are indeed improving, but we have a long way to go. The highest number of anti-trans murders in the U.S. was recorded in 2021, according to the Human Rights Campaign. 2022 has been the worst year in recent history for state legislative attacks on LGBTQ+ rights. The Trevor Project’s 2022 national survey found that suicidal thoughts among LGBTQ+ youth have been on the rise for the past three years. Anti-trans legislation and COVID-19 have contributed to LGBTQ+ youth’s deteriorating mental health. In 2021, trans and non-binary youth who wanted their legal documents updated were less likely to have attempted suicide in the past year if this was already done. Suicidality can be decreased through access to gender-affirming healthcare for trans and non-binary 6 T

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youth who wish for it. These are just a few examples of things your vote can influence.

3. Be out as an ally.

Despite support for both gay and trans rights consistently growing, it’s often hard, especially for minors in the LGBTQ+ community, to find people whom they know they can come out to and talk about their problems with. 21% of LGBTQ+ youth who perceive their community as “very unaccepting” have attempted suicide in the past year, in comparison to 8% in a “very accepting” community. So whether you’re a friend, coach, teacher, parent, manager, healthcare professional, or librarian, letting it be known that you’re safe to talk to encourages vital conversations about LGBTQ+ mental health and needs. Even if LGBTQ+ people don’t take you up on the offer, it’s empowering to know that there are allies not only out there somewhere, but in their own community.

4. Use our names and pronouns.

If the people a trans or non-binary youth live with all respect their name and pronouns, that youth is 11% less likely to have attempted suicide in the past year, in comparison to a trans or non-binary youth whose pronouns and name no one they live with use. This is why we care about pronouns: not because it’s “woke,” but because it can be life-saving. You may think adjusting your language is hard, but please don’t complain. How are we supposed to have any self-worth if we’re made to feel like basic respect is too much to ask for?

5. Act like we’re always in the room—because we are. According to a poll from Gallup every fourteenth adult in the U.S. identified as LGBTQ+ in 2021. Considering just how many LGBTQ+ people are at risk of suicide, you probably play a role in the lives of quite a few of them. Whether it’s your neighbor, granddad, yoga teacher, employer or hairdresser, you might be able to make a difference. It’s not easy, but it’s possible. If there’s one thing I hope you take from this article, it’s that it’s worth it to try. Ace Dufresne is a rising ninth grader at Ithaca High School


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n this piece of my life’s mosaic—the sports guy at the Ithaca Times—September is always a sentimental month for me. I think back to a day in September of 1993, when I settled into my seat in the press box at Schoellkopf Field to watch a Cornell football game. I greeted the fellow next to me —I sat next to Kenny Van Sickle whenever I could—and I said, “Mr. Van Sickle, this game marks the one-year anniversary of me taking over the sports column.” He replied, “You can call me Kenny, and you’re catching up to me.” That prompted one of the many laughs we would share over the next several years, until Kenny’s passing eight years later. The reason that was so funny was that Kenny had begun his career at the Ithaca Journal 61 years earlier when, as a sophomore in high school in 1932, he became the high school sports stringer. After he graduated from high school, The Journal hired him as a full-time reporter in the spring of 1935. In 1946, after a two-year tour of duty with the Navy, he was named The Journal’s sports editor. In other words, my one-year tenure was not very exciting. 29 years later, I think Kenny would smile and say, “30 years now? You’re still catching up.” Kenny is definitely on the list of people I will go looking for when I cross over some day. I will also seek out a few other souls that were very helpful to me in my evolution as a sports writer/story teller/ bullshitter. I’ll look for Bob Cullen, the founder of Lightweight Football, who was one of the nicest men I have ever known. I will look for Jim Butterfield, the Ithaca College icon that treated me like a five-star recruit when we met, even though he knew I would never play a single down for him. I will search out George Dentes, the Tompkins County District Attorney, whose politics differed vastly from my own, but who never failed to recognize my efforts to shine a positive light on young athletes. I will look for Eddie Moylan, the former world-class tennis player who coached at Cornell, dismantled fine players half his age, wore crisp, white shorts year ‘round, never failed to comb in his Brylcreem hair gel, and always looked like a movie star. I will look for my most faithful reader of all, John Murphy, who died last January 3, months before joining the ranks of the Centenarians. And of course, I will seek

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out the High Priest of storytelling and connecting with people, my dear friend Richie Moran, who left us in April of this year. Until my meet-up with all those dearly departed, I look forward to many more sports-related adventures. It has been a great joy to see young people—and not so young people—use sports as a platform to reinvent themselves, to dig deeper, reach higher, and do things they never thought they could do. I have loved watching young people climb the ladder from Little League or Pee Wee or Squirt players to the pinnacle of their sport, as players, coaches, or in some other capacity. It has been an honor to watch parents give up their evenings and weekends to support their kids in their travel team endeavors, and to have a front-row seat to watching my own daughter use sports to learn teamwork, and discipline, and how to come back from a loss. The time management skills she learned from being a college athlete have served her very well in her career. I have my doubts I will be writing this column 30 years from now, but it is still a real pleasure to have some situation come across my radar and have the wheels start turning. How can I best tell this story? How can I write it in a way that will pull people in—even those with a very marginal interest in sports? Theirs are the comments I most enjoy: “I don’t care about sports, but I never miss your column.” Thirty years...who woulda thought?

eg pardon, Bryan, but you are surely mad! The Cars’ show at Barton Hall in 1979 was perfectly glorious…if you liked The Cars. The greatest show in the modern history of Ithaca? That was surely the appearance of The Red and The Black at the Rongovian Embassy on December 21, 1989. Featuring Buck Dharma, Jon Rogers, and Ron Riddle of Burns Sisters fame playing hooky from their gig with Blue Öyster Cult. Buck explained to me why they were now presenting as a Powerpop trio: “We only have to cut the take three ways!” And speaking of the Rongo, please note Egypt, Iowa, and their appearances there. Featuring no lesser talents than Horse Flies partners Jeff Claus and Judy Hyman, along with Red Letter bandmates Rich DePaolo and Bill King on bass guitar and percussion. As my friend, the Rongovian Ambassador to the United States Eric Ott noted, “I’ve been wanting to see these guys together for a long time.” Yes, that too was a very special occasion. “barmayden”

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asic economics: There is no such thing as a free lunch. Fare free rides are not free. 38% comes from NY State but ultimately from taxpayers. Only 30% comes from fare revenue. Tompkins county residents county taxes subsidize TCAT. Fare free travel benefits mainly City residents, not rural ones. So, “fare free” is an illusion. The costs of TCAT must be paid. Just another transfer of cost from all taxpayers to those who ride TCAT. And, all Covid risk is not gone. Riding with others in a confined space can be dangerous to health. Just because you might not pay at the fare box does not mean it is not costing you whether you ride TCAT or not. “Cicero”

Inflation Reduction Act Will Have Negligible Impact

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n response to Charley Githler’s column, “It Don’t Rain In Indianapolis”: was born in Indiana in the 40s, lived in Indianapolis for most of my life before recently moving to Ithaca. We got very little snow in central Indiana. If that could somehow be a new trend for Ithaca, it’d be alright with me. Otherwise, I’m enjoying the dark skies and lack of nightly gunfire and shootings, thank you very much. John Jefferson, Ithaca

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COMMUNITY ARTS PARTNERSHIP: 30 YEARS OF PROMOTING & SUPPORTING ITHACA CREATIVITY P By Ross H a arstad

erhaps you’ve noticed the logo at the bottom of a program for a local music concert, a dance show, or a play. In lower case: a red c, green a, blue p. Or perhaps you’ve picked up the colorful Greater Ithaca Art Trail brochure, and even ventured out to the open studio weekends of some of the 50 featured artists in October (29,000 visitors since it was inaugurated in 1999.) The Community Arts Partnership (CAP) was birthed 30 years ago when a wide-ranging group of Tompkins County residents gathered to brainstorm and hammer out a new organization to replace a defunct local arts council. Since then, CAP has distributed more than $5.65 million in grants and fellowships to local artists and organizations. Over those years CAP has moved from offices on West MLK/State St over State of the Art Gallery, over to the Clinton House (now New Roots School), then to Center Ithaca, and finally the Tompkins Center for History and Culture on the Commons Bank Alley. The staff has never been large. Four executive directors have left their mark: Richard Driscoll, Brett Bossard, the late John Spence and currently, Megan Barber. Other than occasional part-time bookkeepers and interns, there has been only one other staff member: the program director. Robin Schwartz answered an ad for the position three decades ago and is still going strong. I met Robin and Meg for a chat in their quiet third floor corner office. What does CAP do?

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“We are a collection of services and programs and probably the biggest thing we do is the grant giving,” explains Robin. “We have now six grant programs and last year we distributed almost $398,000, which is amazing. And I think that the grants have a massive impact in Tompkins County. People develop the programs because they know they can apply for the grants and get money for them. “And then we have our programs which are the Greater Ithaca Arts Trail, the Artists Market, the Spring Writes Literary Festival, the CAPS Art Space and the Capalooza Arts Sales. And then we have workshops, and we help artists write grants. Events, grants, services,” she sums up. The Artists Market (29 years strong) occurs in August at the Ithaca Farmers market. In 2021, 77 artists earned over $60,000 from 2,000 visitors. Capalooza is a December fundraiser for CAP. Rather than ask artists to donate their work, “We ask people for the art that you have in your closet, your basement, the stuff that your mother gave you and you never wanted,” explains Robin. Other programs include managing public arts and the Arts & Cultural Organizational Grants (major ongoing funding) for the Tompkins County Tourism program and the Tompkins County Poet Laureate. “It’s all about strengthening the arts around the county,” adds Megan, “so it’s connecting artists with audiences, channeling resources towards the arts, advocating for more resources for the arts, and then helping artists thrive.” “We have tons of motivated artists here, and not just artists who make art in their homes but artists who want to do something with the community and make a difference. Grant applications just rain down on us,” says Robin. Both women feel the arts are integral to the life of any community and are passionate advocates. When I ask what people

Megan Barber, executive director, j o k e s t h at s h e’s t h e o n e w h o a s k s f o r t h e m o n e y. ( P h o t o : R o s s H a a r s ta d) don’t get about the arts, they have ready answers. “It’s easy to think of the arts as something extra,” says Megan. “A luxury,” Robin inserts. “That we don’t need it,” Megan continues. “Today I was talking to the Rotary club and I asked them what’s a way in the past few months that art has touched your soul or lifted your spirits. Everybody could think of something; so it’s not really extra if you want to be a thriving human, a thriving community. It’s kind of the soil that feeds us all.” Robin’s answer is “We would like the entire community of Tompkins County to understand that the arts is for everyone. There are a lot of people, especially in the

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rural communities, who don’t really experience the arts. That’s why these grants that we give are so important…Groton library, Groton village, they are doing programming for their constituents that they know they will enjoy.” How do two people manage all this? How do they split up the work? “I give money away, she asks for it,” is Robin’s quick answer. “I often say I feel like I am facilitating the flow of resources towards the arts,” explains Megan. (Robin: “Ooh that’s good!”) I try to introduce things, then clear a path and then get out of the way.” (She laughs.) “It’s a challenge…it is just the two of us; if someone comes to us with a fabulous

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idea, it’s like that’s nice but we can’t do it. Trying to figure out how to grow is a challenge that I’ve been dealing with, and doing it in a way that is useful to the community but also sustainable for CAP—how do you envision the funding to carry someone along year after year?” But this year has been an especially good one, unexpected when the pandemic hit in 2020 (just a month after Megan came on board). Robin thinks maybe the extra money from their donors, the state, and local foundations, might be a result of people realizing how much they needed the arts during the early pandemic. “Right when the pandemic hit, we started this artists emergency relief fund, says Megan, “helping people stabilize, and stay in their homes. Later we went back and said should we do that again. They said no that’s not what we need; what we as artists want is funding for projects to help the community recover.…. We want to work, give us money to work.” And thus was born their latest grant, the Community Recovery Fund. When I ask what they’ve done to celebrate 30 years, it takes a moment. “We made a logo,” says Robin. And they had the online Arts Celebration, they both recall. That brings up a memory of John Spence for Robin: “He would say ‘Robin we need to have fun—it’s art—let’s just enjoy art and love art and have a good time helping other people make art.”

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Personal Health

Guthrie City Harbor Part Of Ithaca’s Changing Medical Landscape By Mark L e v ine

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he landscape of medical care in Ithaca is changing. For years the city’s needs were served from two poles, both outside the City: on West Hill was the Cayuga Medical Center and its surrounding medical buildings, and in Lansing there was the Guthrie Clinic on Hanshaw Road and Cayuga Medical’s Convenient Care Clinic and surrounding buildings off Warren Road. In February, the Guthrie Ithaca City Harbor location opened on Willow Avenue. Work is continuing on a Cayuga Medical building near GreenStar on Cascadilla Street. “This clinic [Guthrie Ithaca City Harbor] is serving the downtown population that has been desperately seeking care for quite some time,” notes David Ristedt, MD, Regional Medical Director, The Guthrie Clinic. “We were immediately

busy as soon as we opened the doors, far-exceeding even the most generous expectations.” Shawn Karney, MS, Associate VicePresident, Regional Operations, The Guthrie Clinic, says that the demand for health care services in Ithaca is definitely growing: “Since we opened the facility in February of 2022, we have had over 24,000 patient care visits at this location.” The new 60,000 square foot Guthrie facility is home to a variety of Primary Care, Specialty Medicine, and Surgical services, including Family Medicine, Orthopedics, Breast Health – Radiology, Gastroenterology, Neurosurgery, Endoscopy, ENT services and Audiology and Specialty Eye Care along with General Surgery, Colorectal Surgery and Urology. The new facility allowed for an expansion of the Cardiology and Primary Care services at the Hanshaw

The Guthrie City Harbor location brings a much-needed WalkIn Care clinic to the downtown Ithaca area. (Photo: Provided)

Road location. The new Guthrie facility also provides for a downtown Walk-In Care clinic, open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to Noon. Karney explains that “This expansion allows us to offer more robust services across all specialty groups. We have also significantly increased our technological capabilities with respect to online scheduling through our eGuthrie portal. This has increased the ability of patients to

receive care quickly and efficiently on their schedule.” Ristedt has found that “Patients are loving the new flow: easy check-in and all patient needs (blood draw, schedule follow ups and referrals, and immunizations) being done in the same room where you see the doctor. Having primary care and the specialists in the same office along with our walk-in clinic provides for a one-stop health care facility. [This is] patient-centered care at its best.”

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Handwerker’s New Director Sees Art As A Political Act By Mat t D oug he r t y

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eople often think of art as an escape from the dirty world of politics, but for Paul Nicholson, the new director of the Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College this couldn’t be further from the truth. “Everything we do as artists is political, from the explicit content of the work to the public act and commercial enterprise of exhibiting in a gallery,” he explains.

“All art has an agenda to be critical, or to critique, or to be political. But I think the act of doing it, it's a political act.” He continued saying, “If you were to make meticulously realistic paintings of the Kardashians, it would ask questions like, what is the history of painting? Why do traditional, realistic images have to do with reverie usually more so than then critiquing? What is the privilege of oil painting or representation?” Nicholson has been asking questions like those throughout his career in the F A L L

arts. Originally from Suva, Fiji, Nicholson grew up in Western New York and earned his MFA from University at Buffalo, his MS at Buffalo State College, and his BFA from SUNY Fredonia. Nicholson founded several non-profit art galleries and spaces in New York City and Buffalo and worked in student advising and program administration at the Parsons School of Design in New York. He come to IC after spending seven years as the director of the Martin Art Gallery at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. As director of the Martin Art Gallery, he curated dozens of contemporary art exhibitions, oversaw its permanent collection, and expanded its physical footprint. He also worked to integrate the gallery more fully into the intellectual life of the college and the wider Lehigh Valley arts community. “I use an interdisciplinary approach that employs traditional drawing, painting

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and photographic processes in the service of creating objects, installation and public intervention projects,” he explains. “The themes in my work vary from the explicitly political to the highly personal. My process, however, has remained consistently focused on exploring how the crafted object functions against the backdrop of shifting cultural, political and economic landscapes. There's an aspect of theatricality in my practice, as ultimately, art is theater.” Some artists claim that their work is about communicating truth and beauty, but Nicholson feels compelled to explore some of today’s more nuanced issues with honesty, ingenuity, and an eye for dark humor. “Artists aren’t immune from the effects of our news saturated environment,” he says. “In fact, I find it completely overwhelming at times. With my work, I hope Contin u ed on Page 15

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Art

Local Watercolorist Chosen To Help Promote Amazon Series By Ly nd se y Honor

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thaca watercolorist Regan Ralston is one of fifty artists chosen to produce creative work for the social media campaign of Amazon Studios’ “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” series. “I was lucky enough to be contacted by Think Jam, a company that was working with Prime Video to promote their upcoming series,” Ralston said. “The idea of the promotion was to engage creators, to create artwork and content inspired by the upcoming series. In my case, they hired me to create an original watercolor illustration. I quickly got to work on a piece inspired by Disa, portrayed by the gorgeous Sophia Nomvete in the show.” The piece Ralston created for the series rollout was a character portrait, a task that wasn’t outside her usual realm of work. What made this project unique for her was that Disa’s a new character, written specifically for the series. Because of this, her source material was primarily visual, and she based her illustrations on promotional photography of the character. All of the images that Ralston had available only showed Disa from the waist-up, meaning she had to use a bit of creative flair with the wardrobe. She ended up painting a heavy cloak-like dress, which flairs in a delicate slip revealing one barefoot leg. She covered Disa’s hands and feet in a gold leaf, as she felt this went along with the Dwarven ideals of commerce, mining, and gold-lust. Ralston supposes this was an artistic liberty in some ways because she hadn’t yet seen how Disa will develop within the show. She’s fascinated to see how her own vision compares to the character on the screen. “I feel a sense of camaraderie, having been able to add my own little vision to the massive collection of art that this source material has inspired,” Ralston said. Ralson’s vision and creativity have been linked with film from early on. One of her first paintings was a vibrant portrait of Ariel from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” This picture hangs in her grandmother’s house to this day. “When I was growing up, my Nana was taking classes and was part of a local watercolor society,” Ralston said. “I still have many of the books she gave me before I packed up for college. It’s a medium that has followed me, or perhaps I’ve followed it.” 7 – 1 3,

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Ralston had to take some artistic liberties in developing her image of the character Disa. (Photo: Provided)

Although watercolor had always been a passion, Ralston’s motivation to create revitalized upon moving to Ithaca. She was immediately struck by the scenery and the natural wonder that the city had to offer. Everything sparked inspiration for her. “I remember writing in a blog post at the time that I found myself ‘suddenly in a land of castles, deep lakes, and weeping willows,’” she said. “It felt a lot like finding Camelot.” Ralston developed her particular style from studying the techniques of Golden Age illustrators such as Arthur Rackham and Hellen Stratton. She’s found herself aligning with a self-taught folkish approach over time, but she compares her current work to the cottage-hewn American illustrator Tasha Tudor. In reflecting upon her involvement with the Amazon Studios’ project, Ralston has some keen advice for young artists: “You are an artist even if you’re only producing for yourself at this moment,” she said. “Trust your talent. It’s so easy to doubt your art, to doubt yourself, and to doubt what next year will hold. Still, you have to keep creating because it’s what you do. My work with Disa has taught me that magic is often just around the corner. Dreams can come true, even in ways you never expected.” Ralston will be exhibiting and selling her works at the Ithaca Night Bazaar on Thursday, September 15, at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion. She will also be vending at the Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival between Saturday, October 1, and Sunday, October 2.


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New & Experimental Works Highlight Fall Stage Season By Ros s Ha ars ta d

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abor Day behind us, we’re smack into another fall replete with theatrical offerings, one of Ithaca’s specialties. The Kitchen Theatre Company opens its 31st season this weekend with a comedy, Do You Feel Anger?, directed by the Kitchen’s new Artistic Director, Rebecca Bradshaw, embarking on her second season after a stellar debut last year. The KTC’s description: “When Sofia is hired as an empathy coach at a debt collection agency she sees that she has her work cut out for her.” A large cast by Kitchen standards features Kitchen veterans Erik Brooks and Susannah Berryman, joined by local actors (and fellow Cherry Arts Collective vets) Michael Samuel Kaplan and

Amoreena Wade, along with three nonlocal faces. (Through September 25) Next up, Tyler Struble helms a popular title among regional theaters: Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them by A. Rey Pamatmat—“a beautifully rendered portrait of three young people as they struggle to remain young in a circumstance that forces them to have the stresses of the adult world” (Cincinnati Enquirer). (November 1–20) Spring shows include the haunting And I and Silence by Naomi Wallace (January 31–February 19), Nilaja Sun’s solo show No Child (March 28–April 16) and a fifth show TBA. Keep on the lookout for offerings through their Kitchen Sink series as well. Also in September, The Cherry Arts Collective (“radically local, radically international, and formally innovative”) as part of the Worldwide Ukrainian Play

Readings movement present Voices of Ukraine, three evenings of theatre writing from Ukrainian artists. Proceeds benefit the Ukrainian people. (September 30– October 9) For the Cherry’s main season Artistic Director Samuel Buggeln announces three shows that emphasize movement and physicality, beginning with Aguerón (December 1–11), hosting a visit by “the pan-Mexican XIPE Theater Collective [who bring] their acclaimed movementtheater production of the play by Xavier Villanova. In ancient Greece, the Acheron River divided our world from the underworld, just as the Río Grande divides our U.S. world from Mexico.” The spring features new work: Heading into Night: a clown play about [forgetting], a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil alum Daniel Passer and director Beth Milles (March 17–26); and e-motion, a collaboration between resident playwright Saviana Stanescu and choreographer Daniel Gwirtzman. Buggeln adds that all the shows will again feature a live-streaming option. Also in September, Trumansburg’s community theatre troupe, Encore Players, will present a collection of one-act comedies. Encore Shorts: The Bermuda Edition plays weekends September 23–October 2.

The KTC kicks off Ithaca’s fall stage season with “Do You Feel Anger?” (Photo: Josh Baldo)

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Classical Music

Rich Slate Of Performances Return Post COVID By Jane D ie ckm ann

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fter several years of limited events due to the pandemic, Ithaca can look forward to the return of most of the area’s favorite classical music programs.

Orchestral And Ensemble Programs

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (CCO) started out in an unusual way this season, with an interim music director. Previous conductor Cornelia Laemmli Orth, who began with the orchestra in 2016, resigned her post at the end of last season. Well-known and popular Grant Cooper has taken over. He was professor of music at Ithaca College from 1993 through 2003 and is currently back as a visiting professor. This fall the CCO offers only its Orchestral Series, which opens on October 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Ithaca College’s Ford Hall. The concert features soloist Max Levinson playing Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto, “Emperor” with music by Mendelssohn and Respighi also on the program. The second, on November 19, provides the world premiere of a work by local composer Sally Lamb McCune, Cornell DMA now on the faculty at IC. The program highlights the ever-popular “Carnival of the Animals,” by Camille Saint-Saëns, with newly composed verses by conductor Cooper. The annual Holiday Celebration on Saturday, December 17, at 3 p.m., also in Ford Hall, will feature holiday classics with the CCO Youth Orches-

tra and cellist Joshua Jang, who won the Youth Concerto Competition. The printed brochure includes information on subscriptions, with an order form. Anyone who purchases a subscription by September 17 will receive free admission to a pre-season chamber concert on September 18 at the First Unitarian Society at 3 p.m., to be played by mostly orchestra members and a few friends. Called “The Gershwin Influence,” repertory highlights twentieth-century American music, with works for string quartet, wind quintet, and assorted selections for brass quintet. On September 18 at DeWitt Park Ithaca College presents its annual Founder’s Day Concert at 2 p.m. The wind ensemble and symphony with guest soloist mezzosoprano Ivy Walz offers a band program. If it rains, the concert moves to Ford Hall. The Ithaca College Orchestra, conducted by Grant Cooper, performs works by Verdi, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Dvorak on October 9 at 4 p.m. in Ford Hall. In the Cornell Concert Series the Scottish Chamber Orchestra plays music including Bruch and Mendelssohn on October 15 at 3 p.m. in Bailey Hall. The Smetana Trio plays a program of Martinù, Rachmaninoff, and Smetana on November 11 at 8 p.m. Subscription tickets available at cornellconcertseries.com. New York State Baroque, our region’s early music group, opens its 2022–2023 season of live concerts in Ithaca—all to be held at the First Unitarian Society at 7:30 p.m.—on October 22 with “Vivaldi

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The Scottish Chamber Orchestra plays music including Bruch and Mendelssohn on October 15 at 3 p.m. in Bailey Hall at CU. (Photo: Cornell Concert Series)

to North and South,” chamber concertos for five instruments. Their second concert, called “An English Afternoon” and featuring consorts and songs for singers, viols, and lute, is on December 3. Participating in both is music director Deborah Fox, best known for performing on lutes, especially the theorbo. Ensemble X, specializing in new music and organized by Cornell pianist Xak Bjerken, returns after a pandemic absence to present classics from the twentieth century, with music by Stravinsky, Ravel, Schulhoff (with fabulous saxophonist Steven Banks who wowed audiences at Mayfest this year), and the regional premiere of colleague Elizabeth Ogonek’s Septet. The concert is on November 6 at 7 p.m. in Barnes Hall.

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On September 16 at 8 p.m. in Barnes, guest pianist and composer Stephen Prutsman plays “Bach and Forth,” his own arrangements of works by classical composers and jazz greats like Charlie Parker. Also on September 16 at 7 p.m. at IC’s Hockett Family Recital Hall is a student recital from the piano studio Cha-

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ris Dimaris, featuring the music of Felix Mendelssohn. At Ithaca College on September 18, faculty pianist Vadim Serebyany provides a program called “Music and Memory”— works of Beethoven, Schumann, and Sammoutis in Hockett at 4 p.m. Also at IC on November 1 at 8:15 p.m. in Hockett the Louis K. Thaler Concert Violinist Series offers violinist Chee-Yun, with Henry Kramer piano. Cornell chamber-music specialist Miri Yampolsky is providing two recitals with longtime friends from Israel in Barnes on October 21 and 23 at 8 p.m. The first, with cellist Ariel Tushinsky, features music of Brahms, Schumann, Grieg. In the second they are joined by violinist Yural Hertz for music of Haydn, Brahms, and Beethoven including the famed “Archduke Trio.” This is their first time playing together. Five years ago St. Luke Lutheran Church on Oak Avenue in Collegetown installed a French Romantic Juget-Sinclair organ. A fifth-anniversary celebration (postponed from last year) will be on October 23 at 4 p.m. with the world premiere Contin u ed on Page 15

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to slow things down a bit in order to look a little more closely at how we think about difficult issues. I’m fascinated by how our beliefs are shaped by objects and cultural artifacts, as much as they are by arguments, proposals, and endorsements by people we trust.” Nicholson’s artistic process involves altering cultural artifacts in ways that work to explore issues such as immigration, heroism, health care, and belief structures. He says that everyday objects and installations employ small but significant changes that reveal contradictions that exist hidden within deeply held convictions. Throughout this process he hopes to invoke the viewer to ask themselves questions about moral and ethical frameworks that are often overlooked. According to Nicholson, much of what he calls “capital A – Art” occurs when an artist makes some small discovery and wants to think it through more completely, adding their own perspective to it in the process. The artwork that comes out of Nicholson’s process is evidence of thinking through difficult issues. “Making, thinking, and even dreaming with a critical lens are about the most democratic things we can do,” he says. Art was something Nicholson was always passionate about, but he wasn’t aware of it right away. “I was taking art classes in high school, but what I was doing outside STAGE contin u ed from page 13

Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winner, Sweat, in which class and racial divides collide in a Reading, PA factory, directed by Cynthia Henderson (September 27–October 2). Following is Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s beloved Into the Woods (October 19–27), directed by Gavin Mayer, music direction by Christopher Zemliauskas. A studio production of Pas de Trois or The Dancing Witch play by IC alumna Aaliyah Warrington '21, directed by Dean Robinson, plays November 11–18. The semester wraps up with a dance concert, Momentum, featuring choreography by Daniel Gwirtzman, Amy O’Brien, and Aimee Rials (November 30–December 4). Look for The Pirates of Penzance, The Language Archive by Julia Cho, Shaina Taub’s musical adaptation of Twelfth Night, and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in the spring. Cornell’s Schwartz Center’s fall offerings offer two evenings of dance:

of high school, in hindsight, was some of the more interesting art.” He continued saying, “I made an electric guitar and I was doing some physical computing. And I didn't really think of that as art, or I didn't really know that was art because my mother wasn’t artistic. She didn't really know about contemporary art in a small town and she was a single mother.” According to Nicholson, “it wasn't until that hindsight hit that I realized I really was incorporating art in all aspects of my life, from skateboarding as a young person to making stuff outside of school that I didn't even realize was art, like sewing projects, building projects: I made shoes; I sold shirts; I built things…and I didn’t even realize that was art.” Nicholson got into gallery work “by necessity.” He explained that in grad school he and his friends needed a place to show work that they had created, so they put together a small, short run gallery in Buffalo. Nicholson then started some showrooms in New York and did a lot of curating at Parsons. “I just found that I had an interest in supporting students and supporting the new school community at that time. And so I opened a gallery in Bushwick outside of the school.” During this time, Nicholson said that he found that he was “kind of an artists’ artist. I feel like I can relate and work with a lot of different kinds of artists from different disciplines and specialties. And helping people realize exhibitions and bringing them to communities, I found is also an art.” He continued saying, “it's kind of like how some people write music and Santee Smith, a Kahnyen’kehàka (Mohawk) multidisciplinary artist, dancer, designer, producer, and choreographer of the Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River, returns to the Schwartz Center with the Kaha:wi Dance Theatre to present the acclaimed “The Mush Hole.” A piece that reflects the realities of the Mohawk Institute residential school experience and offers a way to open dialogue and to heal. (October 28) December 1-3 brings the annual Mini Locally Grown Dance showcase (a preview of the full LGD concert in Spring 2023). Fall play offerings include a “bill of one-acts” from advanced acting students (November 11 and 12) and student Taylor Bazos presents a bilingual Spanish and English children’s play, Baby Rock (November 18 and 19). November will also see productions by local companies Walking on Water (WoW) and House of Ithaqua (HOI). Over the past year, WoW’s Artistic Director Priscilla Hummel has been running their inaugural competition offering workshop productions of new musicals (WoW F A L L

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Nicholson believes helping people realize exhibitions and bringing them to communities is also an art. (Photo: Josh Baldo)

some people perform music. It’s the same with art: there are all different elements, and there's sort of a craft and a joy that comes with each of those contributions.” The Handwerker Gallery will open during the Fall 2022 semester to the IC community and visitors from the public. The gallery will follow CDC guidelines and Ithaca College campus policy for safety precautions and prevention of spread of COVID-19. Gallery Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Weekend hours are from 12 noon to 5 p.m. NoW: Walking on Water’s New Original Works.) Three newly hatching shows hit the boards at the Cherry Arts November 4–20: Extended Stay by Jenny Stafford and Scotty Arnold; Onward and Upward by Charlie Ramon and Will Wegner; and Something Blue by Julia Meinwald and Gordon Leary. Composer Julia Meinwald might be familiar to some Ithacans as she grew up here. HOI specializes in “dark theatre and film,” often works that intersect with the horror genre. Artistic Director A.J. Sage writes that the pandemic inspired them to produce an audio drama version of Tony Burgess' Pontypool based on the cult classic Canadian horror film of the same name. Jeff Hodges directs. It premieres with an opening night listening party at Cinemapolis on November 18; and will be available for streaming November 18–December 3. Look for HOI again in February with inperson live theatre at the Cherry Arts. More theater will inevitably pop up: look for work from the youth troupe Running to Places, from Civic Ensemble, Triphammer Arts and many more.

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of the Organ Sonata #2 “St. Luke,” performed by the composer, Rachel Lauren (born 1961). The work was commissioned by Music at St. Luke. The Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards (CCHK) has posted a full and complicated accounting of its concerts for keyboard instruments including historical pianos and various organs on the campus. The Midday Music for Organ provides informal 40-minute programs at 12:30 p.m. on alternate Wednesday afternoons. As for the piano concerts, the Salon Project presents one-hour programs of music plus conversations on select Friday afternoons in the small Auditorium at the A.D. White House, at 5 p.m. On September 9 pianists Mike Cheng-yu Lee, artist-in-residence at CCHK, and his wife, Ji-Young Kim, with soprano Sofia Scattarregia, give us “Haydn as composer, poet, and pianist.” On November 18 is “Conjuring with Mozart” with Roger Moseley and Nathan Mondry. On December 2, pianist Ryan McCullough and his wife, soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon, present a Brahms song cycle. Seating at the AD White House is limited, and one should register in advance.

Vocal, Choral, Opera Offerings

Two vocal concerts are on the CCHK Salon schedule, but the big item here is the first-ever Opera Ithaca Festival, running between October 23 and November 6. The two mainstage productions are modern adaptations of Verdi’s early opera Nabucco (1843), on November 4 at 7:30 p.m. and a contemporary double bill Proving Up and Highway 1 USA to be seen November 3 at 7:30 p.m. and November 6 at 2 p.m. All productions are in the Hangar Theatre. Nabucco is a collaboration with the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, which will sing the opera’s well-known chorus “Va, pensiero.” The final event features Opera Ithaca’s Apprentice Artists in a small recital at the CRS Barn on North Triphammer Road. The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble on December 4 at 4 p.m. presents their fall concert at St. Luke Lutheran Church. Called “Radiant Dawn,” it includes the premiere of “Sorrow into Song,” by Christine Donkin. The concert will be repeated on December 11 at 4 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena. Two Met in HD productions will be shown at the Regal Cinema at The Shops at Ithaca Mall. Cherubini’s Medea—which opens the Met season—on October 22 and Verdi’s La Traviata, on November 5. Both start at 1 p.m. It makes sense to be there no later than 12:55.

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6. Two “My Impeachment” scrapbooks determined to be outside the scope of the subject search warrant. 7. 1,200 3.5-inch vintage Taj Mahal Casino cocktail sword swizzle sticks hereby also categorized as personal memorabilia. 8. 1-page Trump University course catalog determined to be outside the scope of the subject search warrant. 9. 400 shrink-wrapped copies of “Breaking History.” Nobody wants those.

was incorporated in 1978. According to the Foundation’s website, TC3 itself cannot legally expand property holdings so the Foundation assumes the role of active owner and manages properties including the TC3 Farm in Dryden, extension centers in Ithaca and Cortland, and apparently, the dormitories. The Foundation reports that since 2001 it has awarded more than $5 million in scholarships to students in need. “When there was a decision made to build this, there was debt raised to fund it. People put up real capital. And we were given data on Tompkins Cortland Community College, we weren't given data based upon some Foundation. We were given data on enrollment and stability and their ability to pay,” said Alt. He continued, claiming that “during the COVID period, the college received a lump sum of money that could be used to pay off debts and instead they chose to fund other parts of their operations.” Alt acknowledges that “not every bond has a happy experience. Companies, unions, communities, counties, and states all go through tough times. We understand that, but usually there's accountability. And this is one organization that is not responsive to bond holders and has not been accountable.” ings to decide if they are appropriate and compatible. All work undertaken on the exterior of locally designated historic properties, including but not limited to, repair, replacement, rehabilitation, reconstruction, alterations, and additions, are subject to review and approval by the Ithaca Landmark Preservation Commission and its staff. The Commission unanimously supported moving the process forward to designate the building a City of Ithaca landmark. After review by the Planning and Development Board the proposal would be sent to the Common Council. 10. Three-ring binder labeled “Nuclear Launch Codes”. Wait. The Department of Justice should hang on to those. 11. Laminated map detailing the location of intercontinental missile silos in the contiguous 48 United States, with the words “Top Secret” crossed out with a National Weather Service sharpie should also remain in the custody of the Department of Justice. Okay, I think we’re done here. SO ORDERED. Entered this 7th day of September, 2022 Special Master F. Jessica Cornstarch


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Sadly, I was unable to appreciate everything here. A pair of gray-to-black acrylic canvases by brand new member Nathan Dann render occult, pagan-looking figures in a distinctly rudimentary technique. Likewise, I have long tried to appreciate the digitally altered photography of Rebecca Godin, which has a sort of garish, post-Pop affect, applied to what are usually ordinary scenes.

is evident that the work here is tentative and exploratory in nature. Drawing from the aesthetic of Minimalism s a contemporary artisanry and Post-Minimalism, work here is arranged goes, printmaking finds a on the wall in serial grids or alternately stacked natural kinship in the arts of or scattered. It’s a willfully limiting set of apbookmaking and papermakproaches—arguably academic in the pejorative ing. Although many fine art sense. Much of what was made here could be printmakers use commercial displayed in a high-end gift shop. That we are papers and create frameable pieces for the invited to consider this as avant-garde wall, others explore the physicality of art ought to inspire questions in the the formed sheet or the possibilities of thoughtful viewer. imagery and text in sequence. Some of Julianne Hunter was the Ink Shop’s the most ambitious make objects that 2021-2022 Kahn Fellow and currently enter the realm of sculpture. serves as a visiting critic and print studio Together, two current local shows manager at Cornell. A show of her offer the public some sense of poswork entitled “Ghost Collective” filled sibilities. Located downtown, The Ink the downtown gallery early this year. It Shop Printmaking Center is a cooperaincludes handmade paper works and tive studio and gallery with a longinnovative cut paper sculpture as well as time focus on what might be called relatively traditional prints incorporating the paper arts. Opened recently, their personal photographs or hand drawing. “Member Show 2022” includes prints The “Member Show” at The Ink Shop provides a look at the varied approaches to paper as a medium. (Photo: Provided) Save for the sculpture, all of these eleand books by newer as well as long ments are present in her varied contrifamiliar names. Regular visitors to the Shop will recognize butions here. Particularly notable are two large, Up at Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art, often-excellent work here by many long-time gridded works: “things left I” and “things left and Planning through this Friday, “Pulp FicII”—both dating back to her 2017 M.F.A. thesis tion” surveys current possibilities in papermak- members. Whether the cartoon-like woodcut flora and fauna of Jenny Pope, the fluid expres- at SUNY New Paltz. Both are in identical square ing. Featuring undergraduate work alongside frames and each features a seven-by-seven grid of pieces by mentor—and Ink Shop associate—Ju- sionistic monotypes of Christa Wolf, or the intricate monochrome color etchings of Judy small square sheets. We see gradations, ranging lianne Hunter, the show is roughly presented Barringer, there is a lot here to engage with. from deep blue at the top to white at the bottom. and tentative but still worth checking out. Kumi Korf (a 1977 Cornell M.F.A.) is a Anna Laimo’s “No Sleep” is perhaps this “Member Show” offers few if any revelations. bookmaker and an abstract painter-printmak- show’s most striking piece. Using dyed denim Still, the opportunity to see mostly unfamiliar er of unabashedly lyrical sensibility. Here she and cotton pulp, the sheets stitched together work by some of Ithaca’s most estimable artists presents “Modernist Crossing River.” The upwith bright red thread, the otherwise blackis not to be passed up. It is worth highlighting right print, relatively small for her, submerges and-white work revels in its varied, abstract the work of the gallery’s newer members— calligraphic lines and Pollock-like spatters in texture making. some showing here for the first time. an amorphous, translucent color-space. One hesitates to publicly judge the contriMelissa Conroy, a pandemic-era recruit New member Laura Rowley presents butions of undergraduate artists, particularly and a lecturer in Human Centered Design at several traditional books from her Illuminated outside the context of their other work and the Cornell, is an interdisciplinary artist in the best pedagogy to which it is a response. My hope sense. Her recent work swaps imagery and ideas Press imprint. These are lovely, thoughtful works and the ability to peruse them (gloves would be that the young papermakers of “Ficabout process between machine-woven textiles tion” incorporate whatever it is that they have and works on paper. It’s hard to gainsay the exu- are provided) is most welcome. More interesting, though, in the gallery art learned here into work that engages traditions of berance of her two pieces here, which combine context, is new member Melody Wu’s “Being,” drawing, painting, and sculpture in ways that are bubbles of thinned-down and full throttle color an experimental “book” work composed of more personal and more varied. ink with interconnecting lines in black. pages of Japanese paper printed with letterAlthough she has shown at the Shop before, press text and individually suspended from Leslie Ford is still a newcomer by the coop“Member Show 2022” through October 28 at wire, like sheets on a laundry line. erative’s standards. Like Conroy, Ford works The Ink Shop Printmaking Center,330 East Given the student self-curation and the between diverse media—in her case, painting, State/MLK Jr. Street; open 12-6 p.m. TuesdayCornell art department’s hectic exhibitions printmaking, and photography. In three “Study Friday, 12-4 p.m. Saturday; www.ink-shop.org. for Curtain Wall” monoprints, she uses pigment- schedule, one may forgive “Pulp Fiction” “Pulp Fiction” through September 9 at the ed beeswax on Thai paper. Bright iridescent slabs for lacking the gallery polish of an Ink Shop Experimental Gallery, Tjaden Hall, 815 show. Likewise, even lacking previous familof color—they resemble stacked stone—pop out University Ave; open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. iarity with the work of these B.F.A. artists, it from the delicate black wrinkled sheets. Monday-Friday; www.aap.cornell.edu.

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Faculty Recital: Vadim Serebyany, piano at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 4 p.m. | Hockett Family Recital Hall, Gym Rd

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9/21 Wednesday An Evening With They Might Be Giants | 8 p.m. | State Theatre of Ithaca, 107 West State St | $25.00 $35.00

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Sunday Music Series: Erich with an H | 1 p.m. | Red Newt Cellars, 3675 Tichenor Road | Free Mike Titlebaum & Catherine Gale | 5:30 p.m. | Maxie’s Supper Club | Free Live music feat. Shawn Halloran | | Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Road

Wovenhome | 5:30 p.m. | South Hill Cider, 550 Sandbank Road

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Radio London | 6 p.m. | Six Mile Creek Vineyard

Jazz Monday with Dave Davies RhythmMakers | 5:30 p.m. | South Hill Cider, 550 Sandbank Road

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The Sim Redmond Band- 2022 Summer Concert Series | 6 p.m. | Bernie Milton Pavilion, Center Commons

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Brewhouse Blues Jam | 6:30 p.m. | Hopshire Farm and Brewery

9/9 Friday Friday Night Music - Noon Fifteen | 6 p.m. | Hopshire Farm & Brewery, 1771 Dryden Road

I Draw Slow | 7:30 p.m. | La Tourelle, 1150 Danby Road (96B) | $20.00

Jon Pardi - The “Ain’t Always the Cowboy Tour” | 6:30 p.m. | Tag’s Summer Stage, 3037 State Route 352

9/10 Saturday Junior Recital: Aaron Suttle, trombone at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Hockett Family Recital Hall, Gym Rd

9/11 Sunday MAQ Brazilian Jazz: CU Music | 7:30 p.m. | Klarman Hall, 232 Feeney Way | Free

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CCCP presents percussionist Greg Stuart | 7 p.m. | Milstein Hall Dome, 921 University Ave | Free

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Recovery Rocks! | Stewart Park Large Pavilion | 5 p.m.| A celebration of Recovery to Benefit the Alcohol & Drug Council. Free admission & Family Friendly, with games and Luna Food Truck onsite. Featuring musical performances by Maddy Walsh & Miami Whizzdom and Kitestring

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Charis Dimaras Piano Studio Recital at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Hockett Family Recital Hall, Gym Rd Stephen Prutsman, piano: CU Music | 8 p.m. | Barnes Hall, 129 Ho Plaza | Free Senior Recital: Alec Dorris, baritone | Ford Hall | 8:15 p.m.

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9/14 Wednesday

Founder’s Day Concert | DeWitt Park | 2 p.m.

Midday Music for Organ, 9/14: CU Music | 12:30 p.m. | Sage Chapel, Ho Plaza | Free

Pre-season Chamber Music Concert: The Gershwin Influence | 3 p.m. | First Unitarian Church

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Kitchen Theatre Company, 417 W. State St., Ithaca | When Sofia is hired as an empathy coach at a debt collection agency she sees that she has her work cut out for her. An absurdly funny and potent play reminds us that change is not always easy, and may come with unexpected costs. Recommended for ages 14+ (Photo: Provided)

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Film 2022 Cornell Biennial Screening of “Gated Commune” by Camel Collective at Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art | 10 a.m., 9/14 Wednesday | Johnson Museum of Art, 114 Central Avenue | Created by Anthony Graves (b. 1975, South Bend, IN) and Carla Herrera-Prats (b. 1973 Cinemapolis

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Do You Feel Anger? | Kitchen Theatre | 7:30 p.m., | Open Friday, 9/9| See Weekend Planner for details. ComedyFLOPs 3rd Friday Improv Show To Support Loaves & Fishes | 7 p.m., 9/16 Friday | Virtual, https:// www.youtube.com/comedyflops | ComedyFLOPs’ 3rd Friday streaming Improv Shows in support of local area non-profit organizations. This month we’re supporting Loaves & Fishes! | Free

The Good Boss | Awaiting a visit by a committee that could give his company an award for excellence, the owner of an industrial scales manufacturing business tries to resolve any problems from his workers in enough time. | 120 mins NR

Art 2022 Cornell Biennial: Ken Feingold Installation | 11 a.m., 9/7 Wednesday | Johnson Museum of Art, 114| Through October 21, 2022. | Free 2022 Ink Shop Member Show | 1 p.m., 9/7 Wednesday | The Ink Shop, 330 E. MLK/State St . | Free Passages | 12 p.m., 9/8 Thursday | State of the Art Gallery, 120 West State Street | Passages Exhibit of Eva Capobianco and Patricia Brown about racial injustice | Free “Love Your Mother” | 5 p.m., 9/9 Friday | The Gallery at South Hill, 950 Danby Road | Based on Environmental Philosophy Nicholas Gecan’s paintings explore the spectrum of human involvement with the natural world. | Free GALLERY OPENING: Rock Garden Art Group | 5 p.m., 9/9 Friday | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St | 18th Rock Garden Art Group Exhibit Featuring work by: Cheri Sheridan Terri Gardner Fendya Dave Yaman Patty Brown David LoParco

September 9-15, 2022. Contact Cinemapolis for showtimes.

The Territory | When a network of Brazilian farmers seizes a protected area of the Amazon rainforest, a young Indigenous leader and his mentor must fight back in defense of the land and an uncontacted group living deep within the forest. | 83 mins NR Three Thousand Years of Longing | A lonely scholar, on a trip to Istanbul, discovers a Djinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. | 108 mins R Bodies, Bodies, Bodies | 95 mins R Marcel the Shell with Shoes On | 89 mins PG Nope | 135 mins R Cornell Cinema All films are shown at Willard Straight Hall on Cornell campus. RR | 9/7 at 7:00pm | RR consists of 43 static shots, filmed in 43 locations in the USA, crossed by passing freight trains. The Girl & the Spider | 9/8 at 7:00PM; 9/11 at 9:15pm | Lisa is

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moving out. Mara is left behind. As boxes are shifted and cupboards built, abysses begin to open up and an emotional roller coaster is set in motion. Eraserhead | 9/8 & 9/10 at 9:15pm | David Lynch’s first feature is a darkly humorous romp into a degenerate urban world where monster babies and beheadings are strangely normal. 35mm

Ithaca Field Hockey vs Misericordia University | 7 p.m., 9/7 Wednesday | Higgins Stadium | Cornell Volleyball vs Colgate University | 7 p.m., 9/9 Friday | Ithaca, NY, Newman Arena at Bartels Hall | Cayuga Community College vs. Tompkins Cortland Community College | 10 a.m., 9/10 Saturday | (Women’s Volleyball)

Happening | 9/9 & 9/11 at 7:00pm | The autobiographical drama of writer Annie Ernaux, who pursued an illegal abortion in 1960s France. A mixture of heartfelt coming-of-age narrative and crucial social critique that feels tragically pertinent to our current events.

Jefferson Community College vs. Tompkins Cortland Community College | 11:30 a.m., 9/10 Saturday | (Women’s Volleyball)

Neptune Frost | 9/9 at 9:15pm; 9/10 at 7:00PM | From the mind of actress and playwright Anisia Uzeyman, and her husband, poet and rapper Saul Williams comes a queer sci-fi musical about hacking computers, gender, and reality itself that is as politically astute as it is artistically invigorating.

Ithaca Field Hockey vs Hartwick College | 1 p.m., 9/10 Saturday | Higgins Stadium |

The Society of Spectacle | 9/14 at 7:00PM | An avant-garde essay film in which Situationist thinker and political theorist Guy Debord uses a montage of film clips and text to formulate a Marxist critique of capitalism, mass marketing, and consumer culture, inspired by his own landmark 1967 book of the same title.

Sports Erie Community College vs. Tompkins Cortland Community College | 3 p.m., 9/7 Wednesday | (Men’s Soccer) Erie Community College vs. Tompkins Cortland Community College | 5:30 p.m., 9/7 Wednesday | (Women’s Soccer)

Ithaca Football vs SUNY Brockport | 1 p.m., 9/10 Saturday | Butterfield Stadium |

Cornell Volleyball vs Colgate University vs. Temple University | 1 p.m., 9/10 Saturday | Ithaca, NY, Newman Arena at Bartels Hall | Onondaga Community College vs. Tompkins Cortland Community College | 2:30 p.m., 9/10 Saturday | (Women’s Volleyball) Cornell Volleyball vs Temple University | 7 p.m., 9/10 Saturday | Ithaca, NY, Newman Arena at Bartels Hall | Herkimer College vs. Tompkins Cortland Community College | 1 p.m., 9/11 Sunday | (Women’s Soccer) Herkimer College vs. Tompkins Cortland Community College | 3:30 p.m., 9/11 Sunday | (Men’s Soccer) Ithaca Men’s Soccer vs Oswego State | 4 p.m., 9/11 Sunday | Carp Wood Field | I Cornell Men’s Soccer vs University of Vermont | 7 p.m., 9/13 Tuesday | Ithaca, NY, Berman Field |

Ithaca Women’s Soccer vs SUNY Cortland | 4 p.m., 9/14 Wednesday | Carp Wood Field | Ithaca Men’s Soccer vs Hamilton College | 4:30 p.m., 9/14 Wednesday | Higgins Stadium | SUNY Broome Community College vs. Tompkins Cortland Community College | 6 p.m., 9/14 Wednesday | (Women’s Volleyball)

Special Events CAMPUS CLUB FALL OPEN HOUSE | 10 a.m., 9/8 Thursday | Ithaca Farmers Market, 545 3rd St. | The Campus Club at Cornell is a social and educational organization open to all women in the Ithaca area, providing opportunities for newcomers in the area to meet others through participation in our activity groups, social events and programs. | Free NEEMFest 2022 | 3 p.m., 9/9 Friday | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St | See Weekend Planner for more details. Watkins Glen Grand Prix | 9/9 Friday | Watkins Glen | AIDS Ride for Life 2022 | 6 a.m., 9/10 Saturday | Stewart Park, 1 James L Gibbs Dr | The AIDS Ride For Life is our 24th annual fully supported cycling event around Cayuga Lake in Upstate New York. Challenge yourself - choose to Ride 14, 25, 42, 90 or 102 miles…or choose our indoor cycling option! | $25.00 - $45.00

Books Poetry Reading | 6 p.m., 9/7 Wednesday | Tompkins Public Library, 101 E Green Street | A poetry reading by poets Monty Campbell Jr. and Michael Czarnecki. | Free

SCBWI (Society Childrens Book Writers, Illustrators) | 6 p.m., 9/12 Monday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Open Mic Night at Center for the Arts | 7 p.m., 9/13 Tuesday | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St | Want to play music to a live audience? Have you crafted a poem or short story you’d like to share or want to tell some jokes? Come join us Tuesday nights for a weekly Open Mic! Tween Book Club: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key | 3:45 p.m., 9/14 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Ulysses Philomathic Library - Fall Book Sale | 5 p.m., 9/14 Wednesday | Ulysses Philomathic Library, Main St | 9/14: Member Night ; Thursday & Friday, 9/15 & 16: All welcome! TCSD classes will be enjoying library field trips and free books from the children’s tent! Saturday, 9/17: UPL joins the libraries of Waterloo, Seneca Falls, Ovid, Lodi, and Interlaken for the “Between the Lakes Book Sale Trail.”

Kids Family Science Workshop: Take Apart | 3 p.m., 9/7 Wednesday | Sciencecenter, 601 1st Street | Wednesday, September 7 at 3 pm Sciencenter Community Room Bring the whole family and join us as we use tools to take apart electronics and see what’s inside! FLIP IT Workshops | 5:30 p.m., 9/7 Wednesday | Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, 7169 Main Street | Join Family Educator, Joan Fifield, for 6 free workshops in September that provide advice, strategies, and tools on how to address children’s day to day behavior. | Free

Preschool Art Session 1 | 3 p.m., 9/8 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Preschool Art Session 2 | 4 p.m., 9/8 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Lego Club | 10 a.m., 9/10 Saturday | Ulysses Philomathic Library | Drop in and show off your building skills at this open Lego build, each Saturday in September. For children of all ages. Jazz Ensemble Concert for Children and Families at Ford Hall | 10 a.m., 9/10 Saturday | Saturday, 9/10/2022 10:00am | Ford Hall Jazz Ensemble Concert for Children and Families Mike Titlebaum, director Free, open to the public View on site | Email this event Families Learning Science Together: Polymers | 1 p.m., 9/10 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | LEGO Build Night for Families | 5 p.m., 9/13 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Live in Ithaca: Welcome Home Wednesday at the Ithaca Children’s Garden | 5:30 p.m., 9/14 Wednesday | Have you relocated to the area in the past year to live or work in Tompkins County? | Free

Notices Senior Support Group Online | 11 a.m., 9/7 Wednesday | Mental Health Association in Tompkins County | Online mental health support group for seniors. | Free Trumansburg Farmers Market | 4 p.m., 9/7 Wednesday | Farmers Market, Hector St. | Marijuana Anonymous Meeting | 7 p.m., 9/7 Wednesday | Ithaca Community Recovery (518 W. Seneca St), 518 West Seneca St | Free Free Community Cruise | 7 p.m., 9/7 Wednesday | Allan H. Treman Marina, 1000 Allan H. Treman Road | Free 1.5 hour cruise with presentations by community members on board. | Free Home Diagnosis with Grace and Corbett Lunsford | Science Pub at Boyce Thompson Institute 533 Tower Rd Ithaca | 6 p.m., 9/8 Thursday | WSKG Public Media presents: Home Diagnosis with Grace and Corbett Lunsford | Science Pub Guests: Grace and Corbett Lunsford, Hosts of PBS Home Diagnosis Home Diagnosis is a deep dive show into the

Sunset Boat Cruise on Cayuga Lake | 7 p.m., 9/8 Thursday | Allan H. Treman Marine State Park | Come aboard the comfortable and spacious MV Teal for a 1.5-Hour Sunset Cruise on Cayuga Lake. Ovid Farmers Market | 3 p.m., 9/9 Friday | Three Bears Complex, Main St. | Every Friday from 3-7. Bars Ithaca Farmers Market - Saturdays at Steamboat | 9 a.m., 9/10 Saturday | Steamboat Landing, 545 Third Street | Brooktondale Farmers Market | 10 a.m., 9/10 Saturday | Brooktondale Community Center, 526 Valley Rd | Ballet Class by Ballet Flow | 1 p.m., 9/11 Sunday | Small Studio, FLX Fitclub, , 798 Cascadilla St. | Adult to late teen ballet class. Sign up per class. Drop-in attendance isn’t doable. Masks are required. Preferably at least 2 years prior training. Full class, $20. Barre-Only, $10. Sundays 1:00-2:30 PM. More info & to sign up: signupgenius.com/ go/10C0F44ADAD2FA3FAC25-ballet Tree “Buds”: Weekly Tree Phenology | 3 p.m., 9/12 Monday | Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd | Be our tree “buds” and join our weekly citizen science walk to observe and collect data on seasonal changes in trees. | Free Online Teen Game Group | 4:30 p.m., 9/12 Monday | Mental Health Association in Tompkins County | Online Teen Game Group | Free CAYUGA BIRD CLUB VIRTUAL MEETINGS | 7:30 p.m., 9/12 Monday | Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 156 Sapsucker Woods Rd. | Live Show! Music, Comedy, and More! | 5 p.m., 9/13 Tuesday | Ooy’s Deli and Cafe, 201 N Aurora Street | Live Show at Ooy’s Deli! | Free

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